Road Trip from San Diego to San Francisco via I-5

California, the Golden State, is one of the best places in the country to go for a road trip. Start in sunny San Diego and make your way north to the iconic — if somewhat foggy — San Francisco. There are two main routes between the cities; one is much faster and not as scenic (covered here), while the other is chock-full of natural beauty along the Pacific Coast Highway. Whichever route you choose, you're likely to have a great time. Here's an itinerary for the fastest route between San Diego and San Francisco via I-5 North.

Drive Time from San Diego to San Francisco: approximately 8 hours
Distance from San Diego to San Francisco: approximately 500 miles
Best Car for this Road Trip: SUV

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